Lauren Kohn

Admitted Attorney, High Court of South Africa, Senior Lecturer: Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town

Lauren Kohn is a leading administrative and constitutional-law scholar in South Africa. Her work consistently breaks new ground and has been endorsed by the courts and academics, locally and abroad. She attained all three of her Degrees with Distinction and having come ‘Top’ overall in Law. Lauren has won a record-breaking 4 Law Faculty Research Prizes, with the anonymous judges each time commending her scholarship for its originality, insight, rigor and tangible impact on legal development. Lauren is an admitted Attorney of the High Court with over a decade of cutting-edge public-law advisory and legislative drafting, contributions to her name. She practiced at a top-tier firm for several years before transitioning into academia. During her time in formal practice, Lauren became a specialist in her niche fields. She attained Distinctions for all of her Bar Exams and the Top Result for ‘Court Practice’. Lauren has lectured for over 9 years. In 2021 she supervised over 10 post-graduate students. Lauren was honoured as a Dean’s Nominee for a Distinguished Teacher’s Award given her consistently excellent contribution to teaching. She is a passionate educationalist and a dedicated social justice advocate. As a mother to three children, Lauren is also dedicated to early childhood development research and has served on the Board of a Pre-Primary School. She is on the editorial board of Constitutional Court Review; a regular media commentator; has provided technical input for various governance and rights projects in SA. Lauren has been Key-Note speaker (and presenter) at various local and international conferences. She was the inaugural recipient of the ‘Women in Law (WOZA) Award’ for being an academic ‘thought leader and innovator’; a ‘M&G Top 200 Young South African’ (Law & Justice); Winner of the ‘Most Inspiring50-SA Women’ (in part in recognition of her role as Founder of www.SALegalAdvice.co.za). Lauren was also selected as one of 20 ‘Influential Women Leaders’ from across Africa as ‘Leading in Public Life: Women, Influence, Power Programme’. In 2021 Lauren was recognised as one of four Young Research Fellows, UCT. She was the only woman in the cohort and the only awardee from the Faculty of Law. Pursuant to this, Lauren joins the ranks of the Vice-Chancellor’s prestigious ‘UCT Future Leaders Programme’.